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Our Approach to Treating

Takotsubo Syndrome

Experts at NYU Langone Heart specialize in diagnosing and treating takotsubo syndrome, also known as broken heart syndrome, apical ballooning cardiomyopathy, or stress cardiomyopathy. Takotsubo syndrome feels like a heart attack but is not caused by a major blockage in the heart arteries, which is what happens in a typical heart attack. Takotsubo syndrome is typically triggered by extreme stress such as critical illness, intense exercise, the death of a loved one, or even positive but extreme events. The stress leads to a sudden weakening or transformation (“ballooning”) in the heart’s left ventricle.

Our cardiologists are experts at distinguishing the subtle differences between takotsubo syndrome and a typical heart attack. Takotsubo syndrome is estimated to be the cause of 1 to 5 percent of events that are classified as heart attacks. Our ability to accurately diagnose the condition allows us to develop patient-centered, personalized treatment plans that reduce the risk of future heart events.

Treatment for Takotsubo Syndrome

Treatment for takotsubo syndrome may include medications or lifestyle changes. Although the hearts of those who have experienced it recover normal function as measured by standard testing, advanced imaging can show lasting, subtle changes. Our cardiologists create follow-up care plans to reduce the risk of future heart events.

Our Research and Education in Takotsubo Syndrome

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.